Your favorite dishes from South Florida chefs are just a hockey game away.
Starting with the Oct. 10 season opener against Philadelphia, the Florida Panthers have invited a series of guest chefs to cook in the BB&T Center's premium ADT Club and Club Red. The latter will soon be renamed the Lexus Club.
Tickets to a single game inside either premium club cost $99, less if you buy season tickets. Those club seats entitle guests to all-you-can-eat food and drink. Regular tickets at the arena start at $20 and go up to $200 for first-row seats on the glass.
"The ADT Club is the best deal in professional sports," says Richard Adler, the Panthers' executive vice president. "The seats are great. Being down below is cool, but being upstairs is the best."
While not every chef has announced what menu items they'll be offering, Adler says Laurent Tasic of Sage French Café in Fort Lauderdale has promised roast duck when the Panthers play the Montreal Canadiens Dec. 29.
So far, 19 chefs have committed to participating, but Adler expects the program will fill up as chefs discover this new way of attracting new diners to their restaurants.
"We can't control wins and losses, but we can control the experience the fan has," Adler says. "It's part of the experience of why people come to an event and spend money to come see a team."
Adler is particularly excited about the Nov. 16 game against the Tampa Bay Lightning when the Panthers welcome student chefs from 22 Broward County high school culinary programs. Fans will vote on their favorite student dish with a prize yet to be determined.
Here's the lineup so far. For more information, call 954-835-7828 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oct. 10 vs. Philadelphia Flyers: Eric Baker of Max's Harvest and Max's Social House, Delray Beach.
Oct. 15 vs. Buffalo Sabres: Jim Pastor of Rusty Pelican, Key Biscayne.
Oct. 17 vs. Dallas Stars: Mario Spina of Sunset Catch, Pompano Beach.
Oct. 27 vs. Colorado Avalanche: Nuno Grullon of R House, Miami.
Oct. 30 vs. Boston Bruins: Michael Jacobs of Hidden Kitchen, Miami Beach.
Nov. 10 vs. Calgary Flames: Ralph Pagano of Naked Taco, Naked Burger and Naked Lunch, Miami.
Nov. 19 vs. Anaheim Ducks: Jonathan Garr of the Brass Tap, Fort Lauderdale.
Nov. 21 vs. New York Rangers: Michael Saperstein of E&M Munchies, owner of the Rebel House, Boca Raton; El Jefe Luchador, Deerfield Beach and Boca Raton; and Charm City Burger Company, Deerfield Beach.
Nov. 23 vs. Los Angeles Kings: Andres Avayu of Piccolo Ristorante, Fort Lauderdale.
Dec. 8 vs. Ottawa Senators: Les Harrow of Palm Caterers, Weston.
Dec. 10 vs. Washington Capitals: Robbyns Martinez of Himmarshee Public House, Fort Lauderdale.
Dec. 22 vs. Ottawa Senators: John Iatrellis of Lure Fishbar, Miami Beach.
Dec. 29 vs. Montreal Canadiens: Laurent Tasic of Sage French Café and Q Bar Burgers & Blues, Fort Lauderdale.
Jan. 2 vs. New York Rangers: Nicole Votano, formerly of Fooq's, Miami.
Jan. 3 vs. Minnesota Wild: Luis Lopez of City Hall the Restaurant in the Miami Arts and Entertainment District.
Jan. 18 vs. Edmonton Oilers: Paul Riso of the Diplomat Golf and Tennis Club, Hallandale Beach.
Jan. 23 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning: Victor Franco of Oceans 234, Deerfield Beach.
Jan. 26 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs: Ralph Pagano of Naked Taco, Naked Burger and Naked Lunch, Miami.
Feb. 4 vs. Detroit Red Wings: Victor Malaric of Farmer's Table, Boca Raton.
Feb. 15 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins: Ralph Pagano of Naked Taco, Naked Burger and Naked Lunch, Miami.
Mar. 12 vs. Philadelphia Flyers: George Patti of M.E.A.T. Eatery and Taproom, Boca Raton.
April 2 vs. Montreal Canadiens: Laurent Tasic of Sage French Café and Q Bar Burgers & Blues, Fort Lauderdale.